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Feb 7, 2013 7:00pm EST
the bush years, obama added on top of that. let's remember all the sequester does is shave off a little bit of the built-in growth of government spending. over the next ten years, the budget, even with the sequester, will go from $3.5 trillion to $5.9 trillion. we're still going to get $2.4 trillion more spending. we're just not going to get $2.5 trillion more spending. i view the sequester as a very tiny step in the right direction. >> jared, you look at some of these figure, if you include the emergency money more hurricane sandy, that just means we've had a 30% increase since 2008. now under the so-called sequester, we'll have a 5% increase. it's not like we're ripping the government to shreds. >> look, the way this works is you get negative fiscal impulse when you do less then th year than you did last year. let's go to the non-partisan congressional budget office. they told us on tuesday this year they expect the economy to grow 1.4%. i don't think there's anybody listening to my voice on our financial news network of cnbc who likes that number, 1.4%. i suspect you don't lik
CNBC
Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm EST
obama slams the republicans, predicting dire results if they don't avoid the sequester. but is this the very same president obama who said this about that same sequester less than 18 months ago? >> some in congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. my message to them is simp -- no. i will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts domestic and defense spending. there will be no easy off-ramps on this one. >>> well, i wish he would make up his mind. remember, this was president obama's god. now he needs to blame somebody else for it. here's the thing, he should be embracing the sequester. why? smaller government is essential to a prosperous economy. as the mainstream media become the president's lapdog? are they just victims of president obama? even pillars of the media establishment are starting to complain about their lack of any access to the president. now, here's some good news this evening. check out the markets, dow and s&p 500 making new five-year highs, nasdaq closed at its highest point in 12 years, easy money, rising profits, and maybe smal
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Feb 4, 2013 7:00pm EST
are the mother's milk of stocks. bet on it. we warned you president obama. once again obama is pushing for higher taxes. don't take our word for it. listen to what he said last night just before the sboel. >> there is a way to solve the budget problems in a responsible way through a balanced approach that the vast majority of people agree with. if we do there is no reason we can't have strong growth in 2013. we can't b have washington dysfunction getting in the way. >> with all respect, free market capitalism is the best path to prosperi prosperity. more tax hikes will not hurt this economy. let's not push our luck. republicans will block it. we'll be right back. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. >>> stock market correction today. i still believe rising profits and an easy fed will keep the bull market going -- at least until the president tax bombs us to death again. that's
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Feb 14, 2013 7:00pm EST
. >> meanwhile, president obama is out on the campaign trail pushing his state of the union spending plan, which frankly also has no chance either. we're about to talk with a business leader ewho says the president stay put, work on corporate tax reform and pass a balanced budget. and the nightmare continues for the passengers on the disabled vessel in mexico. and the attacks on the company and the carnival ceo are just beginning. we're going to have the latest. the "kudlow report" begins right now. >>> all right. first up tonight, the democrats actually now have their own sequester plan. believe it or not. no budget but a sequester plan. let's get all the details from hampton pearson. he is live for us. >> good evening, larry. senate democrats have a plan but it looks like a nonstart with her congressional republicans. the plan, replace one year of the sequester with a combination of defense cuts, domestic cats and more tax hikes. it includes $27.5 billion in defense cuts but they wouldn't start until january 2014 and be phased in over the next seven years. farm subsidies would be cuts.
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Jan 31, 2013 7:00pm EST
38,000. so is the obama economy really slumping? and how stupid is it for the president to dissolve his jobs council, which by the way was nothing more than business window dressing anyway. at least today congress did pass a debt ceiling extension so we won't go bankrupt immediately. joining me now, cnbc chief international correspondent michelle caruso cabrera and laffer. i want to ask you about this whole business. government spending on defense really collapsed and helped bring down yesterday's gdp. >> yes, it did. >> so all the liberals are saying see, we told you so, if you cut spending, you're going to ruin the economy. do you believe that? >> no, not at all. government spending is taxation. milton always said it. the government redistributes resources. you can see it really clearly. two-person world, farmer a and farmer b, if farmer b gets unemployment benefits, who do you think pays for them, farmer a? you know, government spending is taxation. the reason we have the great recession is because of the government spending, not in spite of it. >> follow-up. it would be bullish
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Feb 25, 2013 7:00pm EST
. >>> and finally, what in the world was popular first lady michelle obama doing in the spotlight last night at the oscars? what was hollywood trying to say by giving away the most important moment of the evening? i don't know. we'll find out. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> let's start with today's rough day on wall street. turns out it's the biggest selloff day since after president obama's re-election. and it looks like electoral chaos in italy. nobody better to tell us than sima. >> the dow jones industrial went from hitting a five-year high to a one-month low all in the same day. looks walk through this volatile day. we started out with a rally on wall street. strong earnings from lows initially providing a nice left to equities, but then results from the italian election started to trickle in, showing no clear winner. further points returning to results that would be inconclusive, which means italians would potentially have to vote again. u.s. ten-year yield moving lower as investors looked for safety in wake of the italian election. the fear index saw its biggest
CNBC
Feb 12, 2013 7:00pm EST
. first up, can you do business with president obama? he is opposed to this and wants to rewrite it and defer it change it? can you do business? >> i think it simimportant to remember that these devastating cuts were his ideas. it was the republicans that have put forward two times now proposals to replace these cuts with other ways to reduce spending. we passed these six months ago. we need the democrats to put their proposals forward. why is it that spending cuts are bad for the economy but tax increases are somehow not bad for the economy? i don't understand that logic. we need both. we have been having this debate back and forth. that is part of the problem. and we need some spending restraint. the big area where we need it is in health care. the rising health care cost is in growth to the economy. if we can find ways to bring down the costs of health care we can have a win win. >> the report that came out, which shows a slight decline in the deficit goes back up over $1 trillion in ten years because of social security and yet the president and the democrats don't want to touch
CNBC
Feb 13, 2013 4:00am EST
. >>> and president obama uses his state of the union speech to urge congress to end the battle over the budget and work together to boost the u.s. economy and help the middle class. >> together we have cleared away the rubble of crisis. we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong. >>> there we go. >> who doesn't love to kick off a wednesday morning with the iea monthly oil report? >> they have lowered their oil demand growth expectations on weaker gdp forecasts. demand growth, 840,000 barrels a day in 2013. they've cut the forecast for opec crude to 29.8 million barrels a day. they say oil supply will hit a 12-month low in january. >> can we show crude and look at the reaction there? we'll take a look in one second. what else are they saying in this report? >> they say the non-opec supply will be rising. opec supply will be falling. non-opec supply is rising, one million barrels a day this year. then they talk about iran oil production hovering below the lowest in 30 years. new sanctions could see further declines in iranian output. they say the sanctions ar
CNBC
Feb 12, 2013 4:00am EST
day, another bank. >> and we're just hours away from president obama's state of the union address. he's expected to call on more tax hikes and fewer spending cuts. >> announcer: you're watching "worldwide exchange," bringing you bes news from around the world. >>> welcome to today's program. it is tuesday. >> yeah. >> and loreal is talking about the strong euro in france. >> right into trading down double digits this morning. another story in italy, it seems like the entire world press core at this point will be desending on trade. >> yes, they will, with the pope and the italian elections. >> i think it was something like 10,000 journalists for the pope the last time. it's a huge event. it will be four days after the italian election. >> i don't know how the bars cope, frankly, right when that's going on. >> we're going to head to the stages of hollywood, florida. the etf shows in signs of chilling down. >> and we'll get a view from the french finance minister on the strength of the euro. plus we'll get a view from seoul as firms have conducted a third nuclear test. >> and we'll
CNBC
Feb 6, 2013 7:00pm EST
. this is an obama-type defense on spending cuts. next thing you want is revenues to help the post office go through. what's go pac? i'm sorry. >> it's a teachable moment as guy talked about. this is what happens when you allow the government to come in and run an industry that in treery is private. it is not. any decision the post office wants to make to become more efficient, they have to say mother may i. in this administration you see whether it's the epa that wants to continue to regulate the energy industry, trying to do more in the car industry, trying to take over the health care industry. >> can i just interject? you see the problems between government has mother may i decisions over the economy. >> it has nothing to do with the obama administration. the problems of the post office go back way before president obama existed. the reality is it's an inefficient organization that has to answer to the government to make decisions. the problem is people aren't using the post office. >> let me make a quick point. first of all it's not inefficient. >> you're right. i don't mean i
CNBC
Feb 17, 2013 7:30pm EST
state of the union. what the president obama laid out in the second term. >>> later, the president brought up an emerging technology, 3d printing. >> new workers are mastering the 3d printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. >> we'll talk to an innovator in that field and hear her remarkable personal and professional story. back in a moment. in america today we're running to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college graduates to fill them. that's why at devry university, we're teaming up with companies like cisco to help make sure everyone's ready with the know how we need for a new tomorrow. [ male announcer ] make sure america's ready. make sure you're ready. at devry.edu. ♪ >>> let's do it without the brinks manship that scares consumers and scares off investors. the greatest nation on earth -- the greatest nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. we can't
CNBC
Feb 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
conference today, president obama sounds a dire economic warning over the sequester he calls for yet another delay in those spending cuts. and he calls for another tax increase. now it's up to republicans to respond. remember, spending cut sequester goes into effect in 24 days on march 1st. the sequester by the way was originally the president's idea. let's get right to what the president said. john harwood joins us thousanow all the details. >> as you know, there are two ways to go about deficit reduction under the sequester law passed in 2011. one is the full ten year sequester. that's $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over ten years. the other is to do it piece meal. if do you it just for the rest of of the year, it would just be $85 billion. president obama said if congress can't agree with the full pack annual by march 1st, we need to do something smaller in the name of staving off damage to the economy, to consumer, and to federal workers. here's the president. >> if congress can't act immediately on a bigger package, about they can't get a bigger package done by the time the seques
CNBC
Feb 5, 2013 1:00pm EST
triple digit loss. we have two breaking news stories this hour. president obama to speak in 15 minutes time. he will ask congress to come up with short-term packages to put off automotiatic spending cuts. hampton, we begin with you, budget office right now releasing its budget and economic outlook. give us details. >> reporter: the budget office, assumes no change in current laws, 2013 fiscal year budget deficit, $845 billion. cbo projects first time below $1 trillion since 2008, 5% of gdp, well below the peak of 2009. saying deficits decline as a percentage of gdp could dip as low as 2.4% in 2015. then they start to rise again in 2016. that 10-year-old cbo deficit projection increased overall to 4.6 trillion for the 2013 decade up from $20.2 trillion in it's previous. cbo sees real gdp growing 1.4% in 2013, the sub died growth limits businesses to hire more workers, cbo projecting unemployment rate to stay near 8% this year, also expecting unemployment rate to remain above 7.5% through 2014. debt and deficits will be larger, the cbo says, if current laws were modified and rising healt
CNBC
Feb 7, 2013 6:00pm EST
the nation's security would be compromised by the sequester cuts. is that true? president obama's undersecretary of defense says prudent cuts are necessary and comparable. and we'll talk about using drone strikes to kill traitorrous citizens overseas. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >> first up president obama is starting to feel the heat. republicans are less and less likely to give in to his demand to raise taxes and they are publicly presenting a united front over impending budget cuts. that means sequester, which was obama's idea. it's going to happen. but listen to how the president attacked republicans today. >> they recognize that the sequester is a bad idea, but what they have suggested is the only way to replace it now is for us to cut social security, cut medicare and not close a single loophole, not raise any additional revenue from the wealthiest americans or corporations. >> there you go. additional revenue. joining me, robert costa. i was at the heritage foundation's seminar today for new and old congressional members. the vibe i picked up is, a, no new taxes a
CNBC
Feb 5, 2013 3:00pm EST
ruling on many cases, and president obama's nominee to run that agency now, mary jo white, could make it even harder for things to get done if she's approved by the senate. eamon javers is in washington to explain. eamon? >> reporter: hi, bill, the "wall street journal" reported today that a raft of conflict of interests at the s.e.c. could make it difficult for the wall street watchdog to weigh in on high-profile matters, issues that some the s.e.c. have worked on for past employers. for example, "the journal" said president obama's s.e.c. chair nominee mary jo white would not be able to vote on any case involving jpmorgan for two years after taking the job because jpmorgan was a client at a previous law firm. and daniel gallagher would have a conflict of interest on jpmorgan cases, too. he came from a law firm that helped jpmorgan investigate the london whale trading fiasco. such vacancies could give the s.e.c. bare number of minimum commissioners to field a quorum on certain cases which could potentially weaken the commission. s.e.c. declined to comment to the newspaper on behalf of w
CNBC
Feb 7, 2013 6:00am EST
. >> well, look, a week from now, president obama is going to do his state of the union address, okay? typically the market doesn't respond well when the president talks. then we're going to start to get into some of the nitty-gritty, some of the spending issues. that would be a perfect opportunity for the market to give half of that back. so we've had a 6% rally. why not, you know, reclaim three of that percent over the course of the next few weeks. >> do you feel like we're acting a bit bullish with regard to the markets? i get the feeling it's more buying from kaufton as opposed to selling at this point, right? >> i think that's right. first of all, you've approached a couple of psychological hurdles on the dow and the s&p. we've seen what earnings season is going to give us. we're approaching the sequester cuts on march 1st and there is an increasing belief that they're going to be triggered. and so when you add on to that the fact that payroll taxes went up and the economy is going to be pretty sluggish here in the first half of the year. so i agree with phil that we're probably
CNBC
Feb 20, 2013 4:00am EST
aggressive with their visa regime. within the boirvegz you had the commerce department -- obama administration, you had the commerce department saying we want these people in and the state department saying, no, we want to keep them out. the only person that can resolve that debate in government is the president in that case or the prime minister. obama based on understanding the economic impact of people not coming to the u.s. basically instructed the state department to make changes. >> china isn't helping itself with all of the headlines with hacking and its involvement in spying potentially. maybe all allegations. but if there's political concern from the top about opening whether for tourism or work more generally, this is maybe a difficult time to make the sell. >> it's difficult. that's always the excuse that the interior ministries come out with. we produced research last year just inside the g20 countries. if the u.k., india, china, and u.s. relax some of these visa policies, it would create another five million jobs, bring another $60 million of income into the countri
CNBC
Feb 21, 2013 4:00am EST
. >>> and japanese prime minister shinzo abe is heading to walk to talk to president obama. just what kind of reaction can abe expect from washington? we'll give you a preview. >>> before all that, let's recap what's happening in markets. we've seen more activity, in fact, higher volume over the last couple of sessions, really, than we've seen for much of the year. the volume is coming on a sell-off. u.s. markets fell yesterday following the release of the fed minutes. it was the worst day of the year for the s&p and nasdaq. as you can see, shedding 108 points there, a rare triple digit decline this year. energy and material stocks were the worst hit. all ten s&p sectors did hit the day lower. volatility on the rise. the vix rose nearly 20% on this session. the sell-off has continued overnight. the shanghai composite, the australian markets taking it on the chin. will i sixuan joins us from singapore. >> thank you, kelly. fears of an early access by the fed rocks sentiment here in asia today. the nikkei pulls back 1.4% from its 52-month high. investors remain cautious ahead of the dec
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Feb 22, 2013 7:00pm EST
have to defend the president here. but for you to say that president obama came one a bad program, the sequester thing, is one of the few plans he's ever come up with that i like. and any cabinet member that cannot make a cut of 1.25% should immediately step down. he's not capable of managing if he can't make those cuts in a reasonable and rational way. this is the same game we always play. when you have to make a little cut, you claim we have to cut food safety, we have to cut airline security. you absolutely don't. there's enough waste and bloating you could make reasonable cuts. >> this is obama's plan. and this is a good thing. this is like the drones. i like the drones and i like the sequester. but he's disowning the sequester. >> but they let him get away with it. we've got to make this clear. this is obama's plan. he designed it. he created it. >> republicans also back the sequester. they're both responsible for this mess. and it's a mess. and i think what's going to happen, you're the insider on capitol hill inside of the cloak room. i'm interested in your take. i think they're
CNBC
Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm EST
obama's poll numbers are way down and lack of jobs is the key reason. the president has no priority growth plan. the s & p 500 stock index did rise for the sixth straight week. but a key question tonight is whether apple will pay a bigger dividend with its excess cash. plus is there really a global currency war that could disrupt the entire world financial scene? >>> and then what about benghazi? at a key senate hearing, the secretary of defense revealed after five months that while four americans died tragically, president obama and hillary clinton were awol and the defense department and the joint chiefs of staff were apparently unable to do anything to save our boys. tough story. we'll talk about it. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up the big story this evening. the northeast getting pounded with snow. nbc's jay gray is in boston, and that's still expected to be where the worst of it will happen. jay, governor patrick in massachusetts ordered all cars off the road at 4:00 p.m. today. does it look like people are following that order? >> reporter: hey there and goo
CNBC
Feb 12, 2013 3:00pm EST
. >> all right, josh, thanks very much. yes, tonight president obama expected to address among many issues the automatic spending cuts scheduled to hit on march 1st. >> let's bring in democratic congressman chris van hollen of maryland who is no fan of these cuts. good to see you, sir. thanks for joining us. >> good to be with you. >> what's the alternative to the cuts right now? what would you like to see instead rather than the march 1st cuts taking effect? >> i would like to achieve the same amount of deficit reduction but instead of deep, meaningful and arbitrary cuts you spread that deficit reduction over a longer period of time so you don't get the drag on economic growth. our proposal is to replace that $85 billion in sequester with a combination of cuts by getting rid of some of the ag subsidies, direct paints that have no useful purpose, eliminating taxpayer subsidies for big oil companies, and then applying the buffet rule on incomes above $2 million. that would replace the sequester for a year and give us an opportunity to come up with a long-term balanced approach based
CNBC
Feb 8, 2013 6:00pm EST
canadian dollar weakness. watch the state of the union if president obama mentioned xl pipeline and says no go, more weakness to come for the canadian dollar. >> i'm sure the short the euro to 132. >> i'd be short aussie next week and don't be fooled by the japanese finance minister, yen will weaken. >> hopefully dollar yen will give us good fortune this week. >> your next chance for currency trade, sunday afternoon. have a great weekend. >>> i'm jim cramer. welcome to my world. >> you need to get in the game. >> he's nuts, they're nuts! they know nothing. >> i always like to say there's a bull market somewhere. >> "mad money," you can't afford to miss it. >> hey, i'm cramer. welcome to "mad money," welcome to cramerica. other people want to make friends, i'm trying to save you a little money. my job is not just to entertain you but to make you a little money. so call me. call it a pleasant day with the dow gaining 4.9 points, nasdaq falling. we hear from annie's. now i got to tell you after the hammering that haynes celestial took, what is this company? a much more expensive natura
CNBC
Feb 13, 2013 6:00am EST
>>> good morning. in the state of the union, president obama presses congress on issues including taxes, entitlements, immigration, and gun control. >>> market milestones. the dow turning in its highest close of the year. announcing 1% of an all-time record. >>> and in corporate news, comcast is buying the rest of nbcuniversal from general election for $16.7 billion. it's wednesday, february 13, 2013. "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone, welcome to "squawk box" on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. we are following major stories. after yesterday's close on wall street, u.s. equity futures this morning, well, you see they are fight a little bit higher. -- they are fight a little bit higher. after gains yesterday, the dow up more than 45 points yesterday. our guest host is westwood capital's len bloom. the next hour, famed investor and billionaire real estate tycoon, sam zell. top-ranked money manager don yakman. his fund have seen annual returns of 10% over the last five years. we'll also talk about how business leaders and inv
CNBC
Feb 12, 2013 1:00pm EST
can but it's interesting. >> is it possible tore president obama to derail this rally, now that we don't have to worry about the debt ceiling? >> not only debt ceiling but last tuesday he put up sequestration. we're not going to come to an agreement, a couple of solutions, kick that can down the road, time to think and talk about it. you saw it grind higher. not real volume. listen, you want them, pay up, we're happy to sell on the way up. >> we're going to talk about apple during the course of the session, course of the program. what is your takeaway from what tim cook said or didn't say today? >> listen, i think it's very interesting this whole conversation with what einhorn has now created with apple. this conversation ensuing. i like apple. i like apple where it is at the moment. >> did you like it all the way down. >> i said a long time ago when it started to crack at 700, you had to be careful. there's so many names we saw at the end of the year, get into it, push and push the way the market got ahead of itself. i fully expect the market will back off some. it needs to some.
CNBC
Feb 20, 2013 6:00am EST
, they're part of the economy. they're getting whacked with the obama care and the deal that was arrived at. all of these things -- >> austerity is ugly. getting there. >> so is oil -- oil's not supposed to go up when the economy's slowing. >> you have the central banks that are printing money. >> you do. >> it's got to go up. >> think about what would happen if they weren't. and in -- all bets off on what happens with the ten year now, too. if we're in a slowing environment. gold suddenliy -- we're immediately going back to 2.75 or 3%. and the dollar's been something to behold in terms of the yen. you don't see that often. and especially when it's telegraphed by --not the guy with the hair, the guy named after lincoln, right? abe. >> abe? >> is it abe? >> or abe. >> i know it. lincoln is hot. >> abe to me. >> lincoln is hot. >> you think it's going to win? >> there's a movie every day. there's that and the o'reillys killing lincoln and "lincoln: the vampire hunter." >> i read the book. >> but? >> i did. >> you had that much time? >> i office a plane. i tried on a plane. >> that'
CNBC
Feb 13, 2013 12:00am EST
. president obama, who is looking for ways to improve inner-city schools, visited in 2009. >> this school is a true success story, a place where, for four of the last five years, every graduate from the seed school was admitted to college, every graduate. >> the class of 2009 was on track to do the same. with success like that, vinnakota and adler believe there should be a seed school in every major urban area. they opened a second boarding school in baltimore two years ago, and they're planning to open a third in cincinnati. the funding comes from a mixture of private donors who pay for start-up costs, including building the schools, and then government money pays for most of the operating costs. at every school, the goal is the same: a day like this one. >> i'm going to kent state university. >> connecticut college. >> winston-salem state university. >> kent state university. >> raise your hand if you're the first member of your family to go to college. >> in a single generation, families can not only produce a high school graduate but a college graduate, and that changes a family forever. a
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Feb 11, 2013 4:00pm EST
michelle obama at the president's state of the union address tomorrow night in washington, d.c. that should be very interesting. i wonder what that's going to be about. the stock up 1% today. the dow lower. we're coming off the low right now. i pointed out earlier that the s&p has been down every monday this year. that's five trading days. here's what the s&p has done year to date. we don't get the knnuances of t trading here. but so far up 6 1/3%. peter costa -- >> yes. >> you've told us as a skeptic you threw in the towel recently and were willing to buy this market. >> it was right after i spoke to ralph. >> he considered you to turn bullish. >> he did. >> but you have to admit this market is getting tired here, don't you think? >> if you look at the market where we're down 19 today, i think we'll churn a bit. i think this churning might go on for probably another couple of months. but i don't think the market's -- it's not done yet. i just think that right now we're going to be in a pausing phase. and i do think at some point in the next two to three months -- >> you don't see a
CNBC
Feb 8, 2013 4:00pm EST
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Feb 24, 2013 9:00pm EST
-secret problem. but first we look at companies who may be illegally doing business with iran. the obama administration has pushed for tough new sanctions against iran because of that country's efforts to produce nuclear weapons. but as lesley stahl reported in 2010, iran is having no problems getting high tech materials and components through under-the-radar middlemen who run small trading companies around the world, some based in cities right here in the united states. >> are you a procurement agent for iran? >> [chortles] no, that's ridiculous. no. >> but of course that's sort of the implication of the case against you. >> i'm nothing to do with iranian government or things like that at all. >> mohammad vaghari, mitch to his friends, an iranian who's lived in the united states for 15 years, is facing up to 85 years in prison. he and his lawyers are preparing for his trial on charges that he conspired to send u.s. technology to iran through a trading company he set up in his basement apartment in philadelphia. you are charged with trying to buy a centrifuge that could be used to make b
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Feb 12, 2013 9:00am EST
producer, political activist, director now, co-chair, president obama's election campaign. welcome to post 9. it's great to have you. >> thank you. >> you know how to light up a room, or a trading floor in this case. >> yeah, thank you. it was a lot of fun. this was my first time here. >> definitely the way to see it. this is the primo tour. when you get to come to the balcony. walk us through the new initiative that we have. do you have to try all of these? >> i tried more than this. i tried many, many, many flavors. i didn't try 4 million, but almost 4 million flavors were submitted to the consumers of this contest. i think the million-dollar prize attracted some people. but these are the three finalists. they're really interesting, good flavors. america gets to vote on the winner. >> can you describe what chicken and waffles tastes like? >> you don't know? have you never had chicken and waffles? >> no. >> i have, but i can't imagine it on a potato chip. >> that was a little interesting taste the first time i tasted it. but really creative. very interesting. the sarachi is nice.
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00am EST
happen while we're here on squawk. >>> also, calls to the white house. president obama will be meeting with a dozen ceos today. and the bulls trying to battle back. it's been a good year, but now stocks coming off their worst losses this year. it's february 5th, 2013 and squawk begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. ike becky quick along with andrew ross sorkin. joe kernen is off today so we are again joined by steve liesman. also at the table with us this morning, our guest host is andy surel. andrew just talked about the markets. stocks ending at session lows yesterday. in fact, all ten s&p sectors closed lower. yet the bulls betting this is nothing more than a bull pac. but we will have a number of powerful investors for their thoughts throughout yao the morning. jim o'neill will join us in just a few minutes. then in the next half hour, the man charged with making sdigs for how blackrock invests more than $1 trillion, the firm's chief investment strategist, russ koesterich. nouriel roubini will be joining us and we're going to ask him for his current view of the world. in t
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Feb 4, 2013 4:00am EST
, we have to talk politics. >>> president obama says more tax revenue will be needed to help reduce the deficit. he'll push to get rid of loopholes such as the carried interest tax break enjoyed by private equity firms and hedge funds. >> i don't think the issue right now is raising rates. the question is, if we're going to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we combine some smart spending cuts, because there's still waste in government, can we reform our health care programs in particular because we spend a lot more on health care than every other country does and we don't get better outcome. so there's a lot of waste in the system and there are things that we can do to reduce health care costs. >> asked about the contraction in fourth quarter gdp in the u.s., president obama blames the dysfunction in washington surrounding the fiscal cliff. a sharp drop in spending did over-shadow strong housing data. it followed unexpectedly strong defense spending in the fourth quarter. maybe some positive news there. tina, from citi, she's been taking a look at what the president has to
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Feb 27, 2013 4:00am EST
obama and congress are dealing with each other on the issue. more than half suggest budget talks so far make them less confident about the economy. it doesn't mean they don't favor budget cuts. 53% back some move to lower spending. fed chair bernanke also addressed the sequester during his congressional testimony yesterday saying fed policy can't completely offset a drag from fiscal issues. >> the cbo estimates that it would cost about .6% of growth in this area and the equivalent of 750,000 jobs. would be a drag on near-term economic recovery. more broadly, all of the actions take then year according to the cbo would be a drug of 1.5% -- a drag of 1.5% points, quite significant. >> a more appropriate measure would be to introduce spending cuts gradually. he's back on capitol hill today testifying before the house financial services committee. that kicks off at 10:00 eastern. >>> karen is at the super return conference in berlin. the biggest players in private equity are there. karen, what do they think of what's going in washington at the moment? and also with the fed, so how they
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Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm EST
coming out of team obama, we took a closer look at the cbo numbers and this big bad budget cut is not -- is just $44 billion. it is not the $85 billion that has been advertised. and you know what, $44 billion compared to our overall budget spending and our gdp is nothing. but many of the mainstream news media are echoing white house scare tactics and one question is whether the gop can take the pressure. there's eight days before the sequester kicks in. can republicans take the pressure? and finally, let's not forget the other big money stories right now, stocks suffer their first day of the year on fears maybe the fed may stop all that money printing. but i think that too is much ado about nothing. help is on the way, the "kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up this evening, president obama continuing to resort to sequester scare tactics, lobbying against those automatic spending cuts that were really his own brain child. take a listen to what he said about the cuts on the day he signed the budget control act back in august 2011. >> this compromise guarantees more than $2
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Feb 22, 2013 6:00am EST
. making headlines this morning, president obama is holding a white house open day-to-day hack-a-thon. >> oh. >> it's about hacking. >> duh. >> i thought it was about filling the entire places with hacks. >> i knew that's where you were going. >> that's what i thaw it was, a swear. >> come on, mr. brand new iphone. >> yeah. the administration is inviting developers and tech experts to come and share ideas. i thought it was just axelrod and a couple of the -- you know, i'm sorry. i apologize for that. hack-a-thon res common in the tech industry, complete with beer, pizza, sleeping bags, they're basically athletic events for technical geeks. i can't get beyond what i think a hack-a-thon is. it's such a perfect name. i was just thinking, we just talked about geeks today. did you see google today? >> i did. >> do you know who this guy is? i would feel inadequate. do you know add ward gorey? he was born in 1925 and it's about doodling. but they need to -- those guys at google every day need to prove their ultimate geekiness to us. >> or you can use it as an opportunity to learn something w
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Feb 11, 2013 6:00am EST
. the obama administration declaring a state of emergency in connecticut which will help them get federal moneys for the cleanup. they saw record snow, over three feet. schools there also remaining closed today. we've got some updated outage numbers. some of the figures we had from the weather an hour ago, particularly in rhode island, significantly underreported. here are the new numbers that we have. only 135,000 customers still without power across the northeast. majority in massachusetts, over 110,000. that's down from about 400,000. so they've worked really quickly there. in rhode island the number is now 20,000 down from peak of around 70,000 over the weekend. close to 1400 still in the new york area. and over 200 in connecticut. but that connecticut number might also be higher. the numbers well below hurricane sandy overall. ford's head of u.s. sales says the auto dealer doesn't see any major impacts like they saw during sandy due to the snowstorm. during sandy they lost nearly 200,000 cars. ford doesn't see any impact on february sales because of this storm. andrew? >> oka
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Feb 24, 2013 8:00pm EST
entire cities into darkness. >> president obama didn't say which country had been plunged into darkness by computer hackers, but we found out. it was brazil. we also found out that hackers have been infiltrating everything from our defense networks to the financial systems. bank robbers are now stealing more money with computers than they are with guns. >> this map is showing a visual representation of where all of the known infections of conficker are across the world. >> computer analysts say it's like a sleeper cell, and it may be poised to suck sensitive data out of millions and millions of computers. >> it takes time to read the manuals. i'm gonna save you that time. 'cause i stay home on saturday nights and read them for you. >> you and the rest of the geeks? >> there's millions of us out there. >> everybody, let's hear it! geek squad! [cheering] >> welcome to 60 minutes on cnbc. i'm steve kroft. in this edition, we take a look at technology. we examine how breaches in digital security threaten everything from weapons systems to bank accounts. plus, we meet the mr. fix-it
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Feb 6, 2013 2:00pm EST
conservationist. he thinks he struck the right balance. >> and criticses that say obama didn't have enough women. >> that's right, mandy. >> a major storm brewing on the anniversary of another monster blizzard. a whole lot of snow apparently heading to the northeast. we will give you your updated storm tracker next. >> rain nor sleet nor hail will stop the post office from delivering your mail. at least for now. post office said so long to saturday service. i say, don't panic, everything is fine. >> and tim geithner writing a book. what would you title it? again, sweeping the interweb, ahead. at a dry cleaner, we replaced people with a machine. what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank. money needs an ally. >>> neither snow nor rain can stop your mailman, unless it's the weekend. because the postmaster general announcing today the post office will stop saturday delivery in august. a move that he says is desperately needed. >> a typical large organization would have
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Feb 22, 2013 4:00pm EST
it will be more difficult. >> have you met with president obama recently? >> not since nebraska which delayed it in all fairness to the president last year. not since nebraska approved it, but certainly we met with the secretary of state two weeks ago. our minister went over all the measures that we're taking in canada on greenhouse gases, and we actually believe that the united states and the president can do both things. he can reach his copenhagen targets and reduce greenhouse gases, and he can also have energy independence in america that he committed to in it 2029 when he was running for president. nat an either off, reduced green huss places. do you think the u.s. media is not being strayed in explain why it means for the u.s. economy? >> it gets into an either/or. is the president going to side with the union in his stakeholder base that really need the jobs or with the environmentalists? first of all, this won't make any difference on the greenhouse gases. we're committed to lowering greenhouse gases but it's displacing venezuelan oil so if i can say it again to the american m
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Feb 14, 2013 2:00pm EST
>>> the drug wholesaler cardinal health is betting big on obama care. assuremed will give cardinal health access to the growing number of americans treated a the home and there you see cardinal health up 77 cents a share at 4621. a lot of merger activity today, sue. >> yeah, there is. but the overall mark set is qui right now. the s&p is holding well above that 1500 mark, which is important of course, technically. we want to hold that 1500 mark especially on closing basis. nasdaq is bucking the downward trend of the dow. up about 2 1/3. let's look at some of the major stocks moving in today's trading session. airline index. arca index is down. but keep in mind, we have had a huge run. consolidation game apparently judged by investors is over. heinz, one of the big winners, with all of the activity continuing to add on to its gains and it is now up by a full 20% on the trading session. ty? so not bad. >> one of the most interesting things is talking about the importance of free cash flow and how that is so appealing in today's market. a lot of food companies, consume are product com
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Feb 15, 2013 3:00pm EST
. really? >>> a penny for your thoughts on this one. president obama gave his two cents on the fate of the penny saying he's open-open to the idea of getting rid of the copper coin. the president says it costs more for the government to make a penny than it's actually worth. the mint says it costs nearly it.5 cents to produce and distribute a single penny. tell us what you think on that one. >>> meantime, let's take a very quick look at what's happening with the markets. the dow is down by 0.3%. walmart is down by 2.8% on the reports of that internal e-mail about february sales being a total disaster. the spokesman says sometimes these internal e-mails can be inaccurate. thanks for watching "street signs." have a great weekend. "closing bell" is next. >> hi, everybody. happy friday to you. welcome to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo at the new york stock exchange. the major averages in danger of posting losses this week though. >> if we stay right here, we'll see that. i'm bill griffith. the dow does not be able to look like it will avoid a second consecutive losing week. the
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Feb 13, 2013 6:00pm EST
president obama talk about it. i don't know if there's going to be backing from both sides. this is the place you want to be. >> guy? >> hi there. we have a little time. all my efforts have been this warted to take you to qdoba, especially for valentine's day. >> i'm free right now. >> i decided to bring -- >> aw! >> did you eat half it? >> i got us a meat salad and a large drink, one straw so we could share. >> that's too big for new york city, that soda. >> this is sort of our valentine's day. i'm not here tomorrow to share it with you. >> i would love to take a swig of this. >> look, look! see that? >> now i know where your true affections lie! >> it's the other woman! it's the other woman! >> what is this? >> butter cup. >> a woman in every port, mel. >> and you ate half this, by the way. half is gone. >> happy valentine's out there. >> to everybody, a day in advance. >> a day early. >> which is the way to do it. >> don't go anywhere. "mad >> i'm jim cramer, welcome to my world. you need to get in the game. stearns are going to go out of business and he's nuts, they're nuts, the
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Feb 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
down because of obama care because don't forget, they have to start -- >> wait a minute. that's a headline in and of itself, at least in terms of what we talk about on this show. you've been a backer of macy's for a long time. >> right. >> you have believed in the story that lundgren, the ceo, has been telling us. now you're out. you're making a bigger statement here about where you think the consumer sits and where the market could go? >> i didn't quite slip that in, did i? i think that macy's is still a cheap stock. however, i'm worried about the consumer space. i'm worried about the consumer a little bit in terms of the money that's going in there, the expectations. and macy's already told us what they're going to earn. >> blame my memory later. joe? >> i don't think you could paint retail with a broad brush. i think momentum in each individual stock is important. next wednesday, very important for me. i'm looking to buy limited brands on a capitulation. >>> coming up, aig beat es and becomes the new favorite stock of hedge funds. but not all of our traders are buying that hype
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Feb 6, 2013 3:00pm EST
response to president obama's state of the union address next tuesday. now this, of course, is very sensible for republicans not only because he's a charismatic speaker but also because he's taking a lead role on immigration reform which is one of the high-profile elements of the agenda early in this congress, one the democrats and republicans are working together, so that would give the republicans an opportunity to showcase their own support for immigration reform and counter some of the message of the president. we've seen over and over again young stars in both parties getting chosen to respond to the president. this is marco rubio's turn. >> thanks very much. john harwood in washington. >>> the interest-rigging scandal back in the news today. kayla tausche is looking at how this story has gotten so big and how this web is growing in terms of cost as well. kayla? >> reporter: libor has been called the world's most important number since it provides the base rate off of which some $500 trillion of securities are priced each year. no surprise then that banks found manipulating thi
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Feb 26, 2013 3:00pm EST
familiar story. everybody is trying to put pressure on one another. president obama went to new port news, virginia, and tried to make the case that the sequester was going to hurt jobs in the state of virginia. scores of thousands of defense jobs are going to be subject to a sequester and then back in washington you had house speaker john boehner accusing democrats in the senate of not doing their work and putting forth an alternative. here's john boehner. >> we have moved a bill in the house twice. we should not have to move a third bill before the senate gets off their ass and begins to do something. >> reporter: now, we had harry reid respond afterwards and said it's the house of representatives that is sitting on their postiors because the house passed their bills last year. they haven't acted. we are going to get votes in the senate over the next couple of days on a democratic and republican alternative to replace sequester but, of course, everyone knows, sue, that neither one of those bills is going to pass so the president is going to keep pounding. republicans are going to t
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Feb 18, 2013 12:00am EST
had received more prison time than bradley birkenfeld, who has petitioned president obama for clemency. when we return, american banks get legal permission to enter a high stakes, highly risky form of gambling, one that helped push the nation to the brink of financial collapse. [watch ticking] i'm lorenzo. i work for 47 different companies. well, technically i work for one. that company, the united states postal service®, works for thousands of home businesses. because at usps.com®, you can pay, print and have your packages picked up for free. i can even drop off free boxes. i wear a lot of hats. well, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. is bigger than we think ... sometimelike the flu.fer from with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and childr
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Feb 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
does for the market, since the re-election of president obama since a 12% gain in the dow. japan is looking to cash in. still worried about what we're seeing in europe. if all the companies keep debasing their currencies, where are we going, all on the same track. right now the way to put the money is put it in the u.s. japan has obviously benefitted from that. >> you have not been alone on the floor here among your trading brethren who have been skeptical of this rally as it continued. some others though have thrown in the towel and are going with the trend higher. are you still skeptical? >> i'm definitely still skeptical. >> okay. i think the risk is to the down side. if we get a 5% pullback, which would not be bad for the market, are people going to put their money to work. putting it into work when times are good. when times are bad, markets back off and that's where markets seem to accelerate. >> going out neither highs of the day with the dow up about 5.25 points here, and the s&p up a fraction right now. stand by. a lot of earnings news coming your way. plus former fdic chai
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Feb 15, 2013 4:00pm EST
and unemployment as the biggest problems and a third of them blamed their negative outlook on obama administration. the message here. the wealthy have now fully healed from the crisis, but they won't have full confidence until the country fixes its own finances. maria. >> all right. thank you so much. robert frank. >>> up next, gamers beware. there's a first person shooter taking aim at xbox, the wii and playstation. up next, one of the creators of microsoft's xbox will join me with a move that could reboot the video game business and the first lawsuits against carnival coming out. the latest details on this developing story. back in a moment. [ laughs ] now this is a test drive. whoa! you really feel all 335 foot-pounds of torque. it's chevy truck month! silverado was also recognized for the lowest cost of ownership. hey, what are you gonna do with it? end table. oh. [ male announcer ] it's chevy truck month. now get 0% financing for 60 months, plus trade up to get $1,750 total allowance on a silverado all-star edition. or trade up and choose customer cash plus option package disco
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Feb 20, 2013 5:00pm EST
return of manufacturing to u.s. soil be the solution? president obama addressed the issue directly in his state of the union address last week. >> after shedding jobs for more than ten years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. caterpillar is bringing jobs back from japan. ford is bringing jobs back from mexico. and this year, apple will start making macs in america again. >> but with the strengthening dollar, can u.s. companies actually afford to bring jobs back to the states? and is reshoring as it's known a trend you should be investing in right now? let's take a deeper dive with the chief investment strategist at fifth third bank. jeffrey, great to e so yosee yo. >> obviously, it's not as easy as flipping a switch to bring jobs back here, so, what is sort of the price, the baseline price, which would make sense, this reshoring trend continues when it comes to nat gas being low? >> i think it clearly makes sense in here and probably for the next decade. if you look, it's also, it's not just the price today, but it's the trends going forward, both in
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Feb 22, 2013 2:00pm EST
. president obama just talked about the sequester cuts. he was asked if they are inevitable. he said, i never thing anything is inevitable but it looks like it will happen. this helps explain, tyler and simon, why there isn't more urgency about solving the problem right now. >> that's one of the things we have to contend with next week. the next is the italian elections then the hawkins test on humphreys for the moment. we hire a major component of that dow. hpq, hewlett-packard begins to gain, in the wake of last night's result and exclusive interview last night on cnbc. >> just when you think you have the markets figured out, they throw you an up day. >> "street signs" begins right now. have a great weekend. >>> and welcome to "street signs," everybody. i'm mandy and we are black in back, baby. dow is soaring. turning positive for the week now but could we head for the case of the mondays come next week. also hp is leaving this market higher. that stock hits a fur-year high. also, stock shopping spree. we will hit the mall for three things that every invest over, yes, that means you,
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